Boston College Steamrolls Richmond
09/07/2019 By Tristan Deschenes
Boston College’s offense impressed once again. Coming off of a tough season opening win against Virginia Tech last week, the Eagles offense came out flying against FCS opponent Richmond, and handily defeated the Spiders by a score of 45-13.
Head coach Steve Addazio talked about how in games like these the goal is to gain a big lead early, and get your regular starters out of the game as quickly as possible. Coach Addazio was “happy to come out with a win” and he emphasized the importance of “coming out of this game healthy.”
Boston College took control early, scoring on their opening drive. True freshman Zay Flowers got the Eagles offense out to a quick start. Flowers took a handoff on an end-around play and went 46 yards to the house giving BC a 7-0 lead only 1:25 into the game.
Flowers finished the afternoon with 92 rushing yards on three carries.
Following a pair of punts by each team, the Eagles would strike again. David Bailey took a 36 yard run to the Richmond two yard line. The Eagles would then go to play-action, and Anthony Brown found a wide open Korab Idrizi for a seven yard touchdown pass. The score would put the Eagles up 14-0 with 5:19 left in the first quarter.
The Spiders would try to answer on their next possession. After driving his team to midfield, Richmond quarterback Joe Mancuso took a shot down field but was picked off by BC defender Nolan Borgersen. It was Borgersen’s first career interception.
Mancuso finished the afternoon with 124 yards passing, one touchdown and two interceptions. Mancuso would also add 70 yards on the ground.
The Eagles would make the Spiders pay. Boston College went on a seven play, 71 yard drive that was capped off by an AJ Dillon two yard touchdown run. The touchdown increased Boston College’s lead to 21-0.
The Eagles finished the first quarter with an impressive 227 total yards. BC gained 181 of those yards on the ground.
Richmond finally got on the board in the second quarter. Mancuso led his team on a seven play, 75 yard drive that ended in a score. Mancuso found his receiver Keyston Fuller on a slant route that Fuller took 35 yards for a touchdown. Richmond trailed BC 21-7 with 13:13 to go in the half.
Boston College would score two more touchdowns in the first half. One on a 42 yard screen-play from Anthony Brown to AJ Dillon. After a Richmond field goal to make the score 28-10, Anthony Brown found tigh-end Jake Burt for a 55 yard touchdown pass to give the Eagles a 35-10 lead going into the half.
Anthony Brown finished the game with 163 yards passing and three touchdowns. Brown left the game with 2:46 left in the third once the game was out of reach for the Spiders.
The Eagles made it 42-10 about midway through the third on another AJ Dillon two yard touchdown run and the door was shut on Richmond.
Boston College pounded the Richmond defense all afternoon using their big backs David Bailey and AJ Dillon to wear down the Spiders defense. Bailey finished the afternoon with 98 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries while AJ Dillon had 17 carries for 87 yards and one rushing touchdown. Dillon also contributed in the passing game with two catches for 54 yards and one touchdown.
AJ Dillon talked about trying to take his game to the next level by being more involved in the passing game. Dillon mentioned how he wants to “be able to on the field for all three downs.” Coach Addazio also talked about how, “it was good to see AJ Dillon catch some passes”.
Boston College will try to continue their offensive explosiveness on Friday when they face Les Miles and the Kansas Jayhawks.